Jeg sitter i det eneste hyggelige huset jeg har boet i – i Åsgårdstrand

Øyvind Thuresson

Øyvind Thuresson

Munch’s dream house

Haus am Fjord

“I am sitting in the only pleasant house I have ever lived in – the house in Åsgårdstrand” Following the summers in Thorine’s house, Munch rents lodgings in various locations in Åsgårdstrand before finally purchasing his “dream house” in 1898, … Continue reading



The Munch family spends the summer of 1885 in what was then the municipality of Borre (now Horten), and he visits Åsgårdstrand as well. His family rents the residence Grønlia from the family Deberitz, parents of the painter Per Deberitz. … Continue reading



In the summer of 1889, Munch begins his lifelong relationship with Åsgårdstrand. Pola Gaugin wrote: “It was in the summer of 1889 that Munch settled down for the first time in Åsgårdstrand, that little patch of Norwegian land that would … Continue reading

Munch on Veierland and Tjøme

In 1887, the Munch family spends time on Veierland, where they rent a place from the Paulsen family. Here Munch paints “Veierland near Tønsberg”. Munch takes a sailing trip in 1888, arriving in Tønsberg, where he visits the painter Karl … Continue reading

The years after

The Women on the Bridge, 1933 (c) Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen Gruppen BONO 2013

After the purchase of the house in 1898 change Munch’s motifs and focus in his art, he begins now more interest in the everyday, and for the people who lived here. Both they and the property now serves as becoming … Continue reading

Frieze of Life

Bade parken

The Dance of Life belongs to a series called the Frieze of Life. This frieze was intended as a series of freely adjoining pictures, which would give a clear view of life and the situation of modern man. Munch wrote: … Continue reading

Other artists

The second half of the 1880s was Åsgårdstrand described as Norway’s answer to Skagen,Denmark. In the 1880s and 90s, we find names such as Hans Heyerdahl, Charles Uchermann, Oda Krogh, Christian Krogh, Fritz Thaulow, Edvard Diriks, Kitty Kielland, Jan Ekenæs, … Continue reading

Åsgårdstrand anno 1900

Munchs time in Åsgårdstrand

Munch-parken i Måneskinn. Foto: Nils A. Kavli-Borge

Edvard Munch painted many of his masterpieces in Åsgårdstrand, such as The Bridge, Four girls in Åsgårdstrand and The Dance of Life. These are now on view in major international art galleries.

The early years

Summer Night, Inger on the Beach, 1889 (c) Munch-museet/Munch-Ellingsen Gruppen/BONO 2013

    It’s shoreline that immediately catches Munch’s interest this first time in Åsgårdstrand. More paintings from 1889 and 1890 shows how he is dealing with this, closest to familiarize themselves with it. Images are however in a completely different … Continue reading